What games have you beaten lately?

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Matt Barton
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For me it was Jade Empire. Whew! I really liked the game, but boy, some of those battles were difficult and had to be fought five or six times. Toughest battle for me by far was with the emperor.

I'm sure that Jade Empire will end up as a Matt Chat, maybe sooner rather than later since it's fresh in my mind. Again, Bioware showed its strength in assembling a great storyline and memorable characters to complement it. I also appreciated the romance and humor (Henpecked Hau...Ha! Be sure to listen after the end credits for a bonus dialog with Henpeck and his wife. Actually, quite a bit of funny stuff in the credits. Great bonus!). The only real complaint I had was with the load times on the Xbox; they really dragged it out and made dying more painful than it should have been. Everything else was top notch, even considering I usually don't like fighting games (the only one I ever liked was Deathsword aka Barbarian on the Amiga). I enjoyed the "shmup" mini-game more. It gave an old school arcade gamer such as myself a chance to shine! :)

So, where does Jade Empire fit compared to Bioware's other greats? I'd put it at a tie with KOTOR, actually. Both are great games worth playing, of course, but it's difficult to choose just one. KOTOR was probably the last pure RPG Bioware produced. Jade Empire is a hybrid fighting game/CRPG, and Mass Effect is a hybrid FPS/CRPG. I'll be interested to see what else they can come up with. I'm of course excited as all get out about Bioware's upcoming products.

Well, here's my list from great to good:

1. Baldur's Gate II
2. Baldur's Gate
3. Mass Effect
4. KOTOR/Jade Empire
5. NWN (could have been great, but the story and characters just weren't as good as they should have been).

So, what games have you beaten lately?

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Well, I think it's probably

Well, I think it's probably less about age and more about kids! :P

I can blow off my days off with nothing to worry about but gaming.

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Well, I'm impressed, Matt.

Well, I'm impressed, Matt. You're knocking these games out like they're nothing and I can't even find the time to play any games, let alone beat them. Must be my advanced age! ;-)

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Matt Barton
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Yay! Just beat the last boss

Yay! Just beat the last boss in Metroid Prime (The Metroid Prime himself!)

Overall, I thought this was a great game, though as usual with the Metroid series there was quite a bit of backtracking. This didn't really get to be annoying until the latter stages of the game. I suppose I could have shortened the time if I had worked out the elevators better, but for the most part I was winging it. :)

I still think Super Metroid probably wins out in terms of raw fun. I had some issues with the Wii controls at times, but outside of a mouse and keyboard setup I'm not sure how it could have been better. The biggest problem I have with the Wii Mote is that it's very easy to end up pointing off screen, and that messes it up.

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Just beat "Amazing

Just beat "Amazing Adventures: The Lost Tomb" with the wife. Extremely repetitive game; not recommended. The hidden object bits are fun, but they keep making you do simple jigsaw puzzle like things. After awhile it gets monotonous, to say the least. Story is practically nonexistent even for a casual game, and there are only 2 or 3 songs that replay on each level.

I was much more impressed with the Samantha Swift games, except for fatal bugs that kept us from finishing them (so no recommendation there, either). We had more fun with one called Hidden Secrets: The Nightmare, which did have a good story and even fun characters. I guess I'd recommend it over the others.

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I'm not going to lie, I

I'm not going to lie, I didn't enjoy FF IV very much. I liked it at first, but I just hated the long spaces between save points and the necessity of redoing large chunks of the game over and over. I felt like the punishment for dying was just too great. Nothing like slogging through 10-15 minutes of random encounters, dying, and having absolutely nothing to show for it. I loved the other aspects of the game (story, characters, combat system, etc.), but the difficulty and high number of random encounters just ruined it for me. As far as I'm concerned, I don't want to play any game that won't let me save before a boss fight.

It's a bit odd, because I don't necessarily hate random encounters. There was just something about this game, though, that made them feel extra tedious somehow. I'm unable to put my finger on it, but it just didn't click with me. The game could have had 50% of the random encounters and been much more playable in my opinion.

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Loved Mario galaxy, have yet to beat it though

I absolutely loved Mario Galaxy, have yet to beat it though. The Wii tends to be used for Zelda games a lot...

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Get the end sequence means

Getting the end sequence means you've only seen part of the game though - lots more to find? I know I have.......

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Final fantasy IV DS!

Thank the Gods!!!

I finally managed to beat Final Fantasy IV on my DS!

Whooo!! Yippee!! Yay!!

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LOL. I just don't think I'm

LOL. I just don't think I'm going to be able to finish FF IV. It definitely is the ultimate example of a game that is loved by millions and absolutely despised by me. It's driving me crazy that I'm so near the end and just can't finish the $#$@.

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Neither Christina or me

Neither Christina or I liked Super Mario Galaxy, but then we always struggled enjoying any of the 3D Marios. New Super Mario Bros. on the DS is quite good though, and I'm sure the upcoming Wii version will be equally satisfying.

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